Wine Alumni Network News

2021 Summer edition

Patrick Iiland

Patron's message

Welcome to the 2021 Summer edition of the Wine Alumni Network newsletter.
We have come to the end of another year of living with COVID-19. I know it has been a difficult period for many of our alumni, with some affected by the China export issue along with the challenges associated with storms and hail. I hope for a better 2022.


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Dr Brian Croser AO stands in a vineyard

Distinguished Alumni Awards - Dr Brian Croser AO

On Tuesday 30 November Dr Brian Croser AO received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Adelaide.
A trailblazer of modern Australian winemaking, Brian has played an integral role in evolving the nation’s small, fortified wine industry into the world’s fifth largest wine exporter.
“My central goal has always been very simple, to make the best wine possible,” said Brian

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Wine alumni

2022 Graduating Class Dinner

On Monday 22 November the Wine Alumni Network celebrated the graduating Viticulture and Oenology classes of 2022.
It was a night of celebration and a wonderful way to end a challenging few years. 



Patrick Iland awarded The Gourmet Traveller Wine Len Evans Leadership Award

Our Patron, Patrick Iland OAM was recently awarded The Gourmet Traveller Len Evans Leadership Award. The University of Adelaide Wine Alumni Network congratulates Patrick on this achievement and his continued efforts to support the Network. 
The award recognised his many years of teaching, first at Roseworthy Agricultural College and then at the University of Adelaide. It also acknowledged his achievements in writing and publishing educational wine books through his company, Patrick Iland Wine Promotions. 
Nick Bulleid MW wrote of Patrick's achievements in Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine:
"Some people in the wine industry come to attention by the noise they make. Others do so simply by quiet excellence. Dr Patrick Iland is one of these. 
What is a leader? It could be a Mussolini, who inspires followers through impassioned oratory and bogus claims. Or it could be an educator who, through research, education or the printed page, inspires many. This latter is Patrick Iland."

Dr Paul Grbin
Convenor, The University of Adelaide Wine Alumni Network.

Kate Hardy

Wine Alumni Network - Steering Group

Kate Hardy graduated with her LLB in 2000 and is currently Senior Legal Counsel at Accolade Wines, in-house counsel to the Australian Wine Research Institute, consults to the San Francisco firm of Strike Kerr & Johns Alcoholic Beverage Law, is a Non-Executive Director of the McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association and operates a small practice advising clients about legal and business operations connected to the alcohol industry.

Before returning to Adelaide in 2019, she was a partner with the law firm of Strike & Techel, and a senior associate with Nixon Peabody in New York and San Francisco. Kate also spent time in Paris as Unit Manager for the Law & Economy Commission of the International Wine Organisation (OIV).
Kate speaks fluent French and Italian, and is a sixth generation member of the Australian wine industry through the Hardy family.

Mauricio Cruz

Mauricio Cruz graduated in 2020 with a Master of Wine Business. He has worked at Beam Suntory in Mexico and Penfolds wines in Australia and currently works at Serafino Wines as Cellar Door Coordinator.
Mauricio, believes experts in different fields must work together to achieve the unthinkable. His mission, as part of the Wine Alumni Network Steering Group, is to open conversation and debate which will foster knowledge and development.

Mauricio is passionate about wine marketing and economics and knows the difference having specialised teams makes in a business.
Mauricio is looking forward to meeting our wine alumni in 2022.

Pre 1994 Roseworthy Wine Reunion

We are delighted to confirm we have a new date for the Pre 1994 Roseworthy Wine Reunion. It will be held on Saturday 25 June 2022 right before the Australian Wine Technical Conference.
Do you have any old photos? 
Thank you for those who have already sent old photos in. We are looking for pictures to include in a slideshow for this reunion. If you have any graduating class photos or photos from your time at Roseworthy please email Carolyn McLean at